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SPORTS

Barry Alvarez takes the wheel: With Bielema gone, Wisconsin's athletic director moves to calm anxious fans

At his Thursday press conference, Barry Alvarez provided quite a bit of subject matter for sports radio and Badger fan message boards to chew over the rest of this week and well into next. >More
 Hoops, Big Ten style

With six teams currently ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll, the Big Ten looks like the toughest conference in men's college basketball this year. But thanks to some pretty weak nonconference scheduling, we won't really know how good these teams are until they start playing each other in January. Wisconsin fans get to see five of those teams -- all but Indiana -- play at the Kohl Center. >More
 Fans, commentators, players react to news of Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas

Once news broke Tuesday afternoon that the University of Wisconsin was losing its head football coach to Southeastern Conference also-ran Arkansas, interested parties took to social media in a hurry. >More
 UW-Madison is part of the college sports dollar dash

Back in January, when UW-Madison announced plans to construct an "athletic village" at Camp Randall, consisting of a training center and academic facility on the north end of the stadium, associate athletic director Justin Doherty explained why in simple terms. "We need to do it because it will help us remain competitive," he said. >More
 Welcome, squash

Damon Bourne is used to hearing the stereotypes about squash: That it's a country-club sport, exclusive to wealthy Ivy Leaguers and corporate executives. "It's probably not an unearned reputation," says the owner of Madison Squash Workshop, which hosts a professional women's tournament at its south-side facility next week. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers football need a win

Wisconsin has won seven football games this season, only two of which have come against teams that have winning records today: Utah State and Minnesota. Few observers would classify either one as a signature victory -- unless they're willing to make the case that either the Aggies or the Gophers is a feared program. Anybody? >More
 Packers run for their lives

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was worried about an uninspired performance last Sunday due to an imminent week off and a lackluster opponent in Arizona. He expressed his concern with this entertaining, metaphor-mixing quote. "Any time you're on a long journey," McCarthy said in an interview with Milwaukee's WTMJ radio, "you have that one pit stop in the middle of the trip, when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you take your eye off the ball." >More
 Wisconsin golf courses expand offerings with footgolf

The concept of footgolf is so simple, it's hard to believe the sport hasn't been around for decades. Instead of hitting a tiny white ball into a small hole with a club, you kick a soccer ball into a large hole with your foot. According to Nelson Ennis, the director of the Wisconsin FootGolf League, the sport was invented in 2009 by some Dutch soccer players. >More
 Do Lance Armstrong's good works mitigate his cheating?

When the subject is cheaters, linking Lance Armstrong (who stands accused but not convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tours de France) with disgraced baseball legend Barry Bonds is unavoidable. Of course, Bonds' accomplishments, which include the record for most career home runs, benefited only Bonds. Armstrong's success directly fueled the Livestrong Foundation, which has raised a reported $500 million benefiting cancer awareness and patient services. >More
 High-decibel youth coaching

Mr. Fuglesten coached my elementary school's football teams in the days before youth sports were largely privatized. Without assistants, he marshaled 18 boys of varying athleticism, employing healthy amounts of shouting and sarcasm. But he seemed to go out of his way to avoid cursing, preferring "gosh dangit!" as his default exclamation. >More
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